Summertime is about to begin! For moms of little ones that means play dates at the splash pad. What’s not to love about the splash pad? Water, shade, time to socialize with your friends. Added bonus: you don’t really have to worry about drowning.
As good as it all sounds, this summer I’m making one request:
Please, don’t invite us to the splash pad.
First, let me explain. I’ve brought my son to the splash pad several times already. I dressed him in his swim suit, slathered him with sunscreen, and packed towels and snacks. On our way to the splash pad, he seems super pumped! He talks about the water and how much fun it will be, but when we get there his entire attitude toward the splash pad changes.
He wants nothing to do with it!
I think we both like the idea of the splash pad, but in reality, it’s just not for my kid. He spends the entire play date running around the splash pad. Or wandering to other parts of the park. Or asking to go home. To be honest, I worry about him overheating because he spends no time in the water at all!
Thinking it was the “type” of splash pad, I tried other parks. He still wanted nothing to do with it. We’ve gone to the splash pad by ourselves, with one other kid, and with a whole slew of them – still not interested! Each time, I would leave the splash pad feeling defeated and frustrated. Why can’t he just play in the water?!
I’m admitting defeat.
My kid does not like splash pads. As much as I would love to go on that play date with you and your kids, it’s just not going to end well. You’ll get to spend time sitting on the bench, watching your child do what children do at the splash pad–have a nice cool time in the water. Me? I’ll be running around, trying to keep my kid within the boundaries of the place he wants nothing to do with, kicking myself for trying the splash pad thing, again.